For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Steve Rendall
srendall@fair.org
Tel: 212-633-6700 x13

Charlie Rose Opens Up the Deficit Debate

NEW YORK - Tonight's broadcast of the
Charlie Rose Show will feature a discussion of the budget deficit with
progressive economist Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy
Research and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.).

As FAIR's recent action alert noted (11/16/10), the Rose show's discussion of the White House deficit commission has been
dominated by right-leaning guests who were supportive of the plan put
forward by commission co-chairs Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson. FAIR
pointed out that experts including Baker have argued that the co-chairs'
report is fundamentally flawed. And Schakowsky, who is a member of the
deficit commission, has put forth her own progressive plan for deficit
reduction.

FAIR thanks those who wrote to the Charlie Rose Show
and encouraged them to expand their guest list. And the Charlie Rose
show should be commended for taking these criticisms seriously.

The fact that the program is broadening its discussion is a testament to the power of media activism.

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